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Health Educ Behav. 2000 Aug;27(4):483-501.

The relationship between organizational characteristics and the adoption of workplace smoking policies.

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  • 1Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Community-Based Research, and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Organizational-level variables that are hypothesized to influence the level of smoking policy restrictions and the prevalence of smoking control activities were tested in a sample of 1 14 worksites that participated in the Working Well Trial, a national trial of worksite health promotion. Predictors related to more restrictive policies included smaller size, larger percentage of white-collar workers, larger number of complaints about environmental tobacco smoke, less complexity, more formalization, and having a CEO who valued health and employees' well-being. The number of smoking control activities offered in a worksite was predicted by having a larger blue-collar workforce, a higher percentage of female employees, higher levels of workforce stability, and a CEO who valued health and employees' well-being. Efforts to identify predictors of companies' adoption and implementation of workplace-based policies and interventions are an important part of tobacco control efforts and will enhance future intervention and research efforts.

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